Program Overview


Professional Skills (12 S.H.) 

Courses in the professional skills give a broad overview of key project management and business concepts as they pertain to working scientists. All students, regardless of their specific scientific core path take these courses:
  • Project Management (3 S.H.)
  • Accounting for Managers (2 S.H.)
  • Statistical Methods (3 S.H.)
  • Intra/Interpersonal Communications in the Workplace (3 S.H.)
  • Ethics and Leadership (1 S.H.)


Scientific Core (18 S.H.) 

Courses in the scientific core are selected based on the student’s field of specialization. Core areas include courses in these departments and students are encouraged to choose coursework that cuts across multiple academic departments:
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Clinical Laboratory Science
  • Computer Science
  • Health, Exercise and Rehabilitative Sciences (HERS)
  • Environmental Science
  • Geoscience


Capstone Experience (6 S.H.) 

Each student in our PSM will have a graduate committee that guides the design of their curriculum, course work, and capstone experience.

Your graduate committee will typically include WSU faculty and a member from the workforce related to your interests and career goals.  

Your committee will help create a program tailored to match your career goals.
Your committee will also help you develop a research program or internship focused on the skills required for success in the workforce.

Example outcomes of research projects include:
  • Manuscripts in professional journals
  • Reports for corporate governance
  • Government policy papers
  • Development of fiscal reports within healthcare
  • Classic Master’s thesis

A traditional Master’s Thesis is not required for the capstone experience, but a student may choose to pursue graduate research leading to a thesis under the advisement of a major advisor and their graduate committee.  

Please visit the WSU Graduate Catalog for course descriptions.  Please note that PSM-related graduate courses are being added regularly and will not be represented in the catalog until the next annual update.  Please contact the PSM Director at for up-to-date information.